Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes. – Thomas W. Higginson
In more ways than one, The Greene Grape and its founders Jason Richelson and Amy Bennet are ahead of the curve. The Brooklyn-based business started in 2004 as a wine shop focused on affordable small batch wines from independent producers. Next came Greene Grape Provisions in 2008, a market focused on produce and products “made with integrity, skill and pride.” These shops offered the Fort Greene neighborhood a curated set of food and wine before curated was a thing (at least not a thing you’d find in a market instead of a gallery). Richelson and Bennet didn’t stop there. In 2008 they used their frustration with standard cash registers as inspiration to found ShopKeep, a software that turns a Mac, PC, or ipad into a cloud-based checkout system (a year before Square and two years before Stripe – two comparable programs).
In recent years the business has expanded to include an ice cream shop, grocery delivery service, bakery, and neighborhood restaurant and cafe. As they grow, the focus remains the same; to bring their community the best food and drink they can find, while supporting local farms and artisan makers. One more way they were ahead of the curve: The Greene Grape was one of the first Big Spoon Roasters adopters. We are proud and honored to be on their shelves.
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